Should the U.S. continue air strikes in Iraq?

Public is divided over the issue

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The increased U.S. military activity in Iraq has some Americans feeling frustrated. The latest research from the Pew Research Center says that a slight majority of Americans feel the U.S. is becoming too involved in the fighting in Iraq.

Recent airstrikes against ISIS militants have been credited with helping return control of a key dam back to Iraqi and Kurdish forces, thus preventing the extremists from breaching the dam and flooding parts of Baghdad. Still, the prospect more of U.S. military involvement in the Middle East is unsettling to many, following years of war in Iraq.

22News found opinions here in western Massachusetts are on both sides of the issue.

“”I think we need to back out,” Jamie Smith of West Springfield said. “We have our own issues here we need to take care of that first and then extend our resources outside.”

“I disagree. We should stay in there until they stabilize.  If we pull out now, we can have a regime that can take over and we can have another terrorist attack,” said Antonio Clark, who works in Springfield.

The Pew study also found that opinions are split by political party here at home. The majority of Republicans said that the U.S. is not going far enough to stop Islamic militants, while the majority of Democrats say they’re most concerned the U.S. will get too involved as the situation in Iraq deteriorates.

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